Senior Web Designer Salary

Pay for Senior Web Designers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $67K annually. Cash earnings for Senior Web Designers — including $9K in bonuses and $8K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $47K to $98K depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most Senior Web Designers report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$47,224 - $92,227
(Median)
$47K
$67K
$92K
MEDIAN: $67,231
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$18.58 - $58.72
(Median)
$19
$31
$59
MEDIAN: $31.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$47,224 - $92,227  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,145  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $8,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$47,291 - $97,504  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 782
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$18.58 - $58.72  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$26.06 - $61.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,145  
   
Profit Sharing
$500 - $8,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$47,291 - $97,504  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 96
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Job Description for Senior Web Designer

A senior web designer is responsible for designing and implementing websites for one or more companies. Depending on the size and structure of their firm, the "senior" designation may refer to either how long they have been employed by their firm or their position relative to other designers; a senior web designer may be a leader for a team of designers as well.

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Senior Web Designer Tasks

  • Ensure creative elements are inline with brand requirements.
  • Interprets creative "look" of each promotion and builds, develops layouts of those materials assigned.
  • Conceptualize, create, develop, design and produce web promotions using graphics design software.

Common Career Paths for Senior Web Designer


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Senior Web Designers who go on to become User Experience Directors may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for User Experience Directors is $132K annually. Senior Web Designers most often move into positions as Creative Directors or User Experience Designers; those groups report median salaries that are $14K higher and $7K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Senior Web Designer


Senior Web Designers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Flash, JavaScript, User Interface Design, and Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 16 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include HTML, Cascading Style Sheets, and HTML5. Most people familiar with Adobe Photoshop also know Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). Those familiar with Web Design tend to be well versed in User Interface Design and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS).

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Web Designer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Senior Web Designers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $62K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $69K. Senior Web Designers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $74K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Senior Web Designer with more than 20 years of experience can earn $84K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $68,559

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Senior Web Designers in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 34 percent above the national average. Senior Web Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+21 percent), Boston (+21 percent), Los Angeles (+18 percent), and New York (+13 percent). Cincinnati is the lowest-paying area, 20 percent south of the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Tampa and Portland (5 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Senior Web Designer Salaries




National Average
$69,000


Skills That Affect Senior Web Designer Salaries

Flash
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Design
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Adobe Illustrator
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Graphic Design
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Adobe Photoshop
0%

National Average
$69,000

Wordpress
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Web Design
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Web Development
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Dreamweaver
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HTML5
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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 148 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
46%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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